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HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEALTH IS: ​Essential Oil Series: Bergamot

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Essential Oil Series: Bergamot

This February, we continue what we started last month with another oil in our essential oil series: bergamot.

If you’ve never seen a bergamot before in your life, like I have, imagine a green, wrinkled lemon and you get the picture. If you think the resemblance with the lemon is strong with this one, it’s because bergamot is a hybrid between a sour orange and a lemon. While most essential oils are derived via steam distillation, bergamot essential oil is derived via cold compression of its peel.

If you’re wondering where it got its name, bergamot was named after the city of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy where it was first sold. If Earl Grey tea sounds familiar to you, that’s because its main ingredient is bergamot essential oil. Aside from this favorite black tea, bergamot essential oil is also often used to make perfume because of its ability to balance the mix of aromas.

Dr. Axe lists quite a number of health benefits of this wonder oil. Here are a few of them:

The wonders of bergamot essential oil starts with just two to three drops. With this little amount, it can already be used as an antidepressant. Rub it on your hands, cup your mouth and nose, and breathe it in slowly. This improves your blood circulation, which in turn, creates a feeling of joy, freshness, and energy in your body. Applying the same amount to your temples stimulates hormonal secretions, digestive juices, bile, and insulin. To further improve digestion, rub bergamot on your abdomen to kill germs and treat intestinal worms.

Five drops of this essential oil, when applied on sore muscles, reduce pain and tension. Using a cotton ball, rubbing bergamot on infected areas can help heal skin and treat skin infections such as acne. The same procedure can be used as an antiseptic and disinfect wounds that could potentially lead to tetanus. Rub the same amount on your throat and chest, and you have an instant anticongestive. As a vaporizer, bergamot essential oil loosens phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tract and helps the body in eliminating these unwanted buildup by sneezing and coughing.

With the help of a diffuser or oil burner, bergamot reduces nervous tension and relieves stress and anxiety when inhaled. Because of its ability to stimulate happy hormones, such as dopamine and seratonin, surrounding your home with its aroma creates a more calm and relaxed environment. In the same manner, diffused bergamot oil helps fight airborne bacteria. In fact, because bergamot alleviates stress and stimulates happy hormones, it also helps to reduce fever by lowering the body temperature. And if you want to take things a step further, drink Earl Grey tea to cure infections of the intestine, kidneys, colon, and urinary tract. Not only will you enjoy a relaxing cup of tea; your body will also be cleansed from the inside.

So whether it be just a few drops, diffused on an oil burner, or ingested as a warm beverage, bergamot essential oil has got you all covered. Don’t be deceived by its wrinkled exterior; what’s inside it is what essentially matters.



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